# George Polya Quotes

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“When introduced at the wrong time or place, good logic may be the worst enemy of good teaching.”

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“It is better to solve one problem five different ways, than to solve five problems one way.”

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“Mathematics is not a spectator sport!”

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A mathematics teacher is a midwife to ideas.

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“It may be more important in the mathematics class how you teach than what you teach.”

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“An idea which can be used once is a trick. If it can be used more than once it becomes a method.”

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“My method to overcome a difficulty is to go round it.”

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“The open secret of real success is to throw your whole personality into your problem.”

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“I am too good for philosophy and not good enough for physics. Mathematics is in between.”

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“The principle is so perfectly general that no particular application of it is possible.”

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To write and speak correctly is certainly necessary; but it is not sufficient. A derivation correctly presented in the book or on the blackboard may be inaccessible and uninstructive, if the purpose of the successive steps is incomprehensible, if the reader or listener cannot understand how it was humanly possible to find such an argument ...

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“If there is a problem you can't solve, then there is an easier problem you can't solve: find it.”

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Mathematics is being lazy. Mathematics is letting the principles do the work for you so that you do not have to do the work for yourself

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“When introduced at the wrong time or place, good logic may be the worst enemy of good teaching.”

— George Polya

The cookbook gives a detailed description of ingredients and procedures but no proofs for its prescriptions or reasons for its recipes; the proof of the pudding is in the eating ... Mathematics cannot be tested in exactly the same manner as a pudding; if all sorts of reasoning are debarred, a course of calculus may easily become an incoherent inventory of indigestible information.

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The best of ideas is hurt by uncritical acceptance and thrives on critical examination.

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In order to translate a sentence from English into French two things are necessary. First, we must understand thoroughly the English sentence. Second, we must be familiar with the forms of expression peculiar to the French language. The situation is very similar when we attempt to express in mathematical symbols a condition proposed in words. First, we must understand thoroughly the condition. Second, we must be familiar with the forms of mathematical expression.

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You should not put too much trust in any unproved conjecture, even if it has been propounded by a great authority, even if it has been propounded by yourself. You should try to prove it or disprove it ...

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There exist a lot of questions that the fools can ask, and the intelligent cannot answer.

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“What is the difference between method and device? A method is a device which you use twice.”

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